Wine Spectator’s #1 Chardonnay in the World
We have the last 25 cases from the US importer of Wine Spectator’s #1 best Chardonnay in the world from 2013 vintage, the 2013 Leeuwin Chardonnay Art Series from Margaret River. Considered one of the greatest Chardonnays in the world and Australia’s finest white wine for thirty years, the “Art Series” is a regular on Wine Spectator’s Top 100. The 2013 earned a world-beating 96 points from Wine Spectator, while Australian wine guru James Halliday upped the ante dropping a phenomenal 98 points. We beat all others to secure the last few bottles in the country, but they are sure to disappear in a flash into clients cellars, never to be seen again.
The near-perfect ratings and glowing accolades are nothing new for Leeuwin. It’s been happening since 1980, when Decanter’s enthusiastic review of the “Art Series” pinned the estate to the wine world’s map. High critical praise has been part of the winery’s legacy ever since. Wine Spectator has referred to Leeuwin as “an Australian classic since 1974,” a couple years removed from when Robert Mondavi helped the family pick a prime spot for their vineyard.
The 2013 growing season began cooler than usual but standard climatic patterns returned in January and February — Australia’s summertime. Warm to hot temperatures during the day pushed physiological maturity. Cool nights preserved acidity and kept pH levels in check. A dry, ocean wind-aided February created ideal conditions for turning out soft, vibrant whites. These elements forge the soul of a Chardonnay worthy of a prime spot in any oenophile’s personal wine gallery.